• Science

    COVID SCIENCE-Post vaccination infection rare but possibly contagious; study refutes another anti-vax pregnancy claim

    By Nancy Lapid    May 26 (Reuters) – The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.    Breakthrough infections rare, but potentially contagious    As of April 30, when roughly 101 million Americans had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, “breakthrough” infections had been reported in 0.01{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of them, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Tuesday. Roughly 27{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of breakthrough infections were asymptomatic, while in 2{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of cases, patients died. The CDC had genetic data for virus samples from 555 breakthrough infections. Mutated variants of the…

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  • Jobs

    January’s Jobs Report Underscores Urgency of Vaccination Push

    OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images Text size The U.S. recovery has paused, with private sector businesses adding just 6,000 jobs in January. At that rate, it would take 119 years before employment returned to the prepandemic level of February 2020. Good thing, then, that hiring should pick up as more consumers get vaccinated and more money gets distributed by the federal government—but the latest numbers suggest it could be a rough slog until then. Start with the bad news from the establishment survey portion of the jobs report. Retailers, warehouses, and delivery services lost a combined 69,000 jobs in January on a seasonally adjusted basis. Construction and durable-goods manufacturing—two of the most…

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  • Education

    UArizona opens vaccination site, focusing on education workers

    TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The University of Arizona is home to a new vaccination site in Pima County Tuesday, with 1,000 teachers already scheduled to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The drive-up vaccination center will be located on University Avenue South, between Campbell and Cherry Avenues, and will focus on a specific subpopulation of Phase 1B of the county’s vaccination plan — Education and child care providers. In a press release Friday, the university says it’s already scheduled 132 K-12 teachers to receive their first doses of the vaccine at the site every day this week. On Wednesday and Thursday, 42 UArizona staff members will also be…

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